Roads that were damaged and destroyed during the era of ISIS are being restored by locals in Kasra, Deir ez-Zour Province.
The town of Kasra, or Kasrah or Jazra, is located on the eastern bank of the Euphrates river, just north of Deir ez-Zour city. The town endured ISIS rule for a number of years, causing damage to its local economy and also infrastructure. This rehabilitation project to reconstruction and embellish the town’s landscape is part of the process to revive the town as a trading hub following the ousting of ISIS from that area in 2017 by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
“We have now rehabilitated the roundabouts after the destruction caused by ISIS. We have rehabilitated and asphalted some streets and roundabouts with lighting and simple decorations”, said Ataullah Hameed, one of those working on the rehabilitation project.
Other similar projects contributing to the physical rehabilitation of Kasra include the reconstruction of a public park destroyed during the ISIS occupation.
Deir ez-Zour and the wider region was formerly one of the strongholds of ISIS. The work being done to rehabilitate the region is not only making tangible progress in the physical reconstruction of infrastructure, but is also clearing the region of memories and remnants of ISIS, providing local people with a positive outlook on the future.
Several other projects have been implemented in this regard in Kasra and the wider region. For instance, an educational centre was opened in Kasra last year to provide assistance to over 100 schools in Syria’s Deir ez-Zour Province. The main purpose of the centre is to help coordinate the reconstruction, rehabilitation and resupplying of local schools. The Centre also works with various committees in order to deal with the financing of these schools and help set up the curriculum. Importantly, the centre provides support and rehabilitation for teachers and students who suffered at the hands of ISIS, setting up the foundation for a new education system free from the doctrines of ISIS’ totalitarian ideology.